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Posted at 1:43 PM ET, 01/ 9/2011

Christina-Taylor Green: Arizona shooting victim, third-grader, budding politician

By KrissahThompson and Theola Labbe-DeBose

Christina-Taylor Green's short life was pinned between two national tragedies: She was born Sept. 11, 2001, and she died as a gunman apparently targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) shot 20 people in Tucson.

Christina, a budding elementary school politician, was once featured in the book "Faces of Hope," about children born on the day the World Trade Center collapsed. She was the youngest among the six killed in Saturday's shooting.

The 9-year-old, who had big brown eyes and long brown hair, recently had been elected to her student council. She went with a family friend to see Giffords speak, a way to learn more about serving in government.

"Christina Green was a wonderful child," said her teacher, Kathie DeKnikker. "She had not only the energy and enthusiasm of a typical third-grader but also maturity and insight that most children don't attain until much later."

Christina's love of American civics began early.

"She was born back east and Sept. 11 affected everyone there, and Christina-Taylor was always very aware of it," her mother, Roxanna Green, told the Arizona Daily Star. "She was very patriotic, and wearing red, white and blue was really special to her."

DeKnikker said she was a leader in her classroom at Mesa Verde Elementary school, helping other students and contributing to discussions.

"The thing I will remember most about Christina was her well-developed sense of humor. Oh, how she could make us laugh with her witty comments," she said. "We will all miss her terribly."

School officials said there will be counselors early Monday morning for students and staff.

The young girl, who was the only girl to play for the Pirates, the Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team, continued the family's baseball tradition. Her father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and her grandfather, Dallas Green, is a former major league pitcher and manager. The elder Green managed the Philadephia Phillies from 1979 to 1981, winning a World Series title in 1980. He went on to manage the Yankees and the Mets.

Read about the reaction of the sports world to Christina-Taylor's death here.

Christina had one sibling an 11-year-old brother, also named Dallas, and the two loved to go swimming together, her parents said.

"She kept up with everyone. She was a strong girl, a very good athlete and a strong swimmer," her mother said in interviews with the local paper. "She was interested in everything. She got a guitar for Christmas, so her next thing was learning to play guitar."

Christina had just received her first Holy Communion at St. Odilia's Catholic Church in Tucson, Catholic Diocese of Tucson officials told the Arizona Daily Star.

"She was real special and real sweet, "her uncle Greg Segalini told the Arizona Republic.

The girl was already aware of the "inequalities" of the world, Roxanna Green said. Christina often repeated the same phrase to her mother: "We are so blessed. We have the best life."

By KrissahThompson and Theola Labbe-DeBose  | January 9, 2011; 1:43 PM ET
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Comments

Her family & friends have been robbed of a special little girl. I pray that this tragedy will somehow be turned into a "positive" in memory of Christina and the other innocent victims. Let their legacy live on!

Posted by: non-partisan2 | January 10, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

http://grieftoworship.blogspot.com

Posted by: Starkville | January 10, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

God bless your soul darling and have mercy on your family giving them strength and power to overcome this tragedy .

Posted by: mikealpha85 | January 10, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Not that the other lives lost were any less tragic, but the thought of a gunman killing a 9 yr old is beyond my comprehention. I am so deeply saddened for her family that it is beyond words. Is there a god?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 11, 2011 2:06 AM | Report abuse

What a legacy that this little girl has left for us to remember. She, without knowing, has inspired millions to be more humane to each other,and to participate in positive interaction and discussion in society.Her parents should be very proud of her and the integrity she displayed at such an early age. Sincere condolences are expressed from the nation for the family during this time.

Posted by: sueevaro | January 13, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

SMILE

Smile when you think of me
now I'm happy as can be
I will go thru no more harm
Jesus has me in his arms

I'm alright in his place
the lord will keep me in his grace
he will share his home above
hold me tight and give me love

you all gave me so much love
I will miss you from above
I was there a short short while
so when you miss me please just
SMILE

Posted by: delliott48 | January 13, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Un-done

Little baby girl, brought into the world, as its heart was breaking.

Every birth day, starts the same way, images breathtaking.

One little girl, so aware of the world, her path decided.

She wonders what is wrong, why can’t we get along, stand united?

This little girl of nine, stood in a line, waiting with her neighbor.

It’s a meet and greet, Giffords would tweet, hoping to win favor!

How the day began, would be discussed again and again, by all affected.

What could we have done? We didn’t see the gun! It was so un-suspected!

We teach our kids to hate, and then realize to late, the consequences

They pick up a gun, the damage is done, we are left defenseless.

Racial slurs and jokes, little antidotes, things we say for fun!

These lay the foundation, for the undoing of a Nation, now we are un-done!

Cory Hyde


Posted by: chyde1961 | January 13, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Un-done

Little baby girl, brought into the world, as its heart was breaking.

Every birth day, starts the same way, images breathtaking.

One little girl, so aware of the world, her path decided.

She wonders what is wrong, why can’t we get along, stand united?

This little girl of nine, stood in a line, waiting with her neighbor.

It’s a meet and greet, Giffords would tweet, hoping to win favor!

How the day began, would be discussed again and again, by all affected.

What could we have done? We didn’t see the gun! It was so un-suspected!

We teach our kids to hate, and then realize to late, the consequences

They pick up a gun, the damage is done, we are left defenseless.

Racial slurs and jokes, little antidotes, things we say for fun!

These lay the foundation, for the undoing of a Nation, now we are un-done!

Cory Hyde


Posted by: chyde1961 | January 13, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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